The Tenors Strike Out Big Time with Botched Canadian Anthem

The Tenors Strike Out Big Time with Botched Canadian Anthem
Canadian quartet the Tenors typically sound perfectly on-pitch when they open their mouths to sing, but a rogue rendition of "O Canada" at last night's MLB All-Star Game in San Diego has left many accusing the group of being culturally tone-deaf.
 
During their delivery of the national anthem, member Remigio Pereira went off-script and changed the lyrics to include the phrase: "All lives matter."
 
Subbing out the familiar line about "glowing hearts," the singer instead declared, "We're all brothers and sisters, all lives matter to the great."
 
He has since defended his change-up, saying that he was trying to make a "positive statement" in the wake of tragedy.
 
But in addition to many taking offence at the mere act of changing the anthem's words, critics are also condemning Pereira for using a phrase that has been adopted by opponents of the Black Lives Matter movement to counter the fight against racism and police brutality.
 
The Tenors have issued a statement, insisting that Pereira was acting as a "lone wolf" and apologizing on behalf of Pereira for changing the lyrics to "our treasured anthem" and instead using "this coveted platform to serve his own political views."
  As a result of the misstep, Pereira will not be performing with the group until further notice.

Watch cringe-worthy footage of the performance in question (and the other Tenors' reactions) below [via CBC].